Alaska’s most well-known national park is a rolling expanse of beautiful forest and untouched nature. The park is huge – covering over 6 million acres – and is filled with valleys of lush forest surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, including the giant Denali (the continent’s tallest at 20,320 feet and referred to as the ‘Great One’ by the Athabaskan Indians). Remote and undisturbed, it’s here where views of the Northern Lights are better than just about anywhere else in the world. Wildlife is also easy to spot in and around Denali, with abundant eagles, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, otters and wolverines. But most of all, Alaska’s interior is ‘bear country’ – grizzlies roam at will, along with other brown bear and the American black bear.
With over 20 hours of daylight in summer, there’s plenty of time to adventure here. Whether fly fishing, glacier trekking, hiking, or kayaking, you’ll be awed at every turn by exquisite views and epic expanses. And the charming town of Talkeetna provides a perfect hub for jet boat tours, rafting trips and other aquatic activities as it sits at the meeting point of three sparkling glacial rivers.